Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
SC6 Notice to Everyone.......... Stop Trying to Get a Passport, 'Cause You're Slowing Mine Down, Dammit!!
Quit Rubbing it in, Kid !!
What does this kid have that I don't? Aside from being cute as a button, even she has a passport!! Meanwhile, I'm still waiting on mine, and the news didn't get any better today...
I'm pretty much ready for one of my New Year's resolutions - travelling internationally. That is, aside from having the one piece of paper necessary to leave the US. If you have never applied for a passport, I'll tell you about the nightmare I've had.
I never thought I would ever travel outside of the United States, but never say never.. Well, the United States government , in it's infinite wisdom, deems which document as the most important to confirm your identity? YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE !!!! I'm 38 frickin' years old ! The last time I saw my birth certificate was when I was 16, and I doctored it to let me play hockey. So, how do I get a copy? I have to get a copy from that bastion of courtesy - New York.
I called the hospital I was born in first, and they explained that all the records are at the Township Hall, and they even had the phone number - so far, so good. Then the progress hit the skids...... The town has one person who handles birth records, and she proceeded to use 10 sick days before finally coming back to work. Before you ask - Yes, she's in a Union.
She got back to work, and did send it off to me pretty quickly. By the way, I found out that I was born at a different time than my parents told me - and that the milkman is NOT my Dad! I bolted to the Post Office asap to get it in the hopper. After waiting 25 minutes for her to return from lunch, I gave her the pictures, birth certificate, $97 , driver license, completed application stating where and when I am going, my last 3 bank statements, NRA card, a bottle of Red Bull that she made me get, and a pack of Lucky's.....Then she said, "OK, it'll come in 6-8 weeks". UH........WHAT?
After clasping my jaw back on and realizing that I just pooped a brick, I checked the calendar. I should have about two weeks to spare before I go. Then came today's news....... The State Department said that passports are taking an extra TWO WEEKS to arrive. Why? It seems that since they are requiring that you need a passport to go to Canada and Mexico, the volume is unexpectedly high. So, my application is jammed in with 12 million aliens trying to get home, and ... do people go to Canada?
Five and a half weeks before I go overseas, and I have no idea when this damned thing is coming. Any tips? Maybe I should call my Congressman. Nevermind...
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Well, I made a nice comeback in Round 3 this week. I went 6-2, and for 32 minutes I looked like a genius for picking Southern Cal over the Tar Heels. Moye must have been having a heart attack in that one. That makes me a pretty sharp 42-14 overall (75%). If only my success rate with the women was as good!
This weekend, the winners get to cut some nets, and go onto whereever the Final Four is. I don't have tickets, so why should I know. Since there are only 4 picks, I'll tell you who i'm picking and why........
Oregon has played pretty well getting, but they are small, small, small !! Their backcourt is 6'0 and 5'6 - and Florida isn't just taller, they are more talented. Put Noah 15 feet out with his arms up, and they'll never see the rim. Florida, 77-66.
Kansas and UCLA could be nice. UCLA has played all their games in California, but they haven't dominated like they're at home. Kansas is probably the weakest of the No. 1's, but they're here. The Bruins have a good mix of shooters, and they're still in Cali, so I'll take 'em. UCLA 64-62.
Memphis has won 25 in a row, Ohio State has won 20 in a row - something's gotta give... The Buckeyes have gotten here despite Greg Oden not really lighting it up. Oden will be the difference. they are the better team in the better conference, and most of the games are playing out that way this year. Ohio State, 70-63.
A rematch of the '82 Championship game. Both teams had tough games last time out, but North Carolina had a gear that Georgetown doesn't. They are deeper, and they have more scorers, led by Tyler Hansborough, who was invisible last game. If Roy Hibbert gets in foul trouble again, the Hoyas are in big trouble, so expect the Hoyas to be in big trouble. North Carolina, 76-61.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
A moment of silence....... Those killjoys over in the Marion County Sheriff's Office went on a sting at the Bo Bo Spa , and busted everyone. Included in closing the place was confiscating a boatload of alcohol...... sorry , Earl. I know how much wasting alcohol bothers you.
So, we say goodbye to all we'll miss.......... The Special Finish, the Basket Trick, and the Dirty Zhangzhez. Me love you long time..
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
High Electric Bills? Zinc Mines?... SC6 Unravels Al Gore's Newest Personal Threat to Global Warming.........
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Congratulations to my Alma Mater's hockey team at the State University of New York at Oswego. They beat Norwich University 3-0, to advance to the NCAA Division III Final Four. By the way, the seats they show in the picture didn't exist when I was there. We had a wooden bench and no heat, but the old place had character. It was so windy there, they put up ropes between the buildings so you didn't blow away........ and it snowed every month except August........... and we had to walk uphill BOTH WAYS!! But the Taco Bell there loads 'em up like no place else, and Molson bottles were $12 a case!
The Lakers will face St. Norbert College (Don't ask, I have NO IDEA) for the chance to play in the finals Sunday in Superior, Wisconsin.... where the men are men, and they love the cheese. This is a big deal for Oswego. All we make are schoolteachers, weathermen, and hockey players. We don't have a football team, our basketball team is pretty bad, and our baseball team plays in snowshoes. Hockey is all we have....
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Honestly, I have paid NO attention to College Basketball this year. When the best players stay only for a year, I stop watching. But, March Madness is different, so I'll return to my fair weather fan status for a few weeks. That being said, this blog implies no guarantees of success in it's selections. Any money lost using these picks are not the responsibility of the blog.
North Carolina over Eastern Kentucky
Michigan State over Marquette
Southern Cal over Arkansas
Texas over New Mexico State
Vanderbilt over George Washington
Washington State over Oral Roberts
Texas Tech over Boston College
Georgetown over Belmont
Ohio State over Central Connecticut St.
Xavier over BYU
Tennessee over Long Beach State
Virginia over Albany
Louisville over Stanford
Texas A&M over Penn
Creighton over Nevada
Memphis over North Texas State
Florida over Jackson State
Arizona over Purdue
Butler over Old Dominion
Maryland over Davidson
Winthrop over Notre Dame
Oregon over Miami (Ohio)
Georgia Tech over UNLV
Wisconsin over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (no, they really exist)
Kansas over Niagara
Kentucky over Villanova
Va Tech over Illinois
Southern Illinois over Holy Cross
Va. Commonwealth over Duke
Pitt over Wright State
Gonzaga over Indiana
UCLA over Weber State
Yep, Duke is one and done, and the 5-12 jinx ends this year as well.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
You see, the odd part about my blog is that I don't make this crap up. This is a true reporting of things that actually happen, with my opinion of it, and a bit of sarcastic logic added for fun. If the truth is a bit ugly at times, so be it. The posts that I make up are usually pretty obvious...... No, Jim and I aren't going to play golf together, but I would if he was up for it.
On to the latest.. According to an AP article, the AFL-CIO is considering asking the Democratic Party to move the 2008 Convention out of Denver. Why? It seems that the Colorado legislature passed a bill similar to the one passed this week by Congress, that would make it easier for unions to organize, only to have it vetoed by Governor Bill Ritter, a Democrat.
An unsigned letter by the union's Executive Council said "Union members will make up more than a quarter of the delegates to the Denver convention. Unless we can be assured that the governor will support our values and priorities, we will strongly ask the Democratic Party to relocate the convention". Sounds like a threat to me...
This isn't the first time Unions have given this convention grief. denver almost lost it's bid when the leader of the stagehands union refused to not strike if the convention were held at the Pepsi Center, which is a non-union facility. Of course the union got it's way, and demanded that all the workers at the convention be union employees. Sounds like that building in Philadelphia , where hundreds of inoperable toilets were installed to satisfy the plumbers union - your tax dollars at work.
Now, with all the screaming going on last year during the elections about what was wrong with America, do any of you remember hearing even once that we need more Unions. For all the talk about last November being a mandate on Iraq, the Union cash seems to be getting a damned good spot in line. When legislation like this is being passed on both the state and federal levels, you can guarantee that there is a big push behind it. Let me cement a thought in your head, and always keep it in mind: With very few exceptions, every politician has been bought and corrupted. Democrat and Republican. If you think otherwise, you are an idealistic fool - like I once was.
Why the big push now? Because, slowly, unions are going the way of the Betamax, 8-Track Player and that Woodpecker in Sparkleberry Swamp. Like a country with a low birth rate and increasing death rate, they are slowly going away. They are on a 60 year decline, with the exception of the public sector. Those brilliant institutions that brought you failing schools, earmarked pork, and inefficiency. It is their last stronghold, and this is their last ditch effort to increase the union payrolls. Here's a good illustration to .... uh.... illustrate it.
Sorry, sometimes the truth about politics doesn't fit nicely onto a bumper sticker, like "Bush Lied, Soldiers Died" . There are a lot of shady deals, and the money controls the priorities. Lots of pigs, not enough tits.......